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Judge Killed in Court

Discussion in 'News' started by diggity, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. diggity

    diggity Guest

    kinda surprised this hasnt been posted here,
    happened this past friday.

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - The suspect in the shooting deaths of a judge, U.S. Customs agent and two other people is in custody facing federal and state charges on Saturday after his surrender to an overwhelming police presence.

    Brian Nichols, 33, surrendered at an apartment complex surrounded by a SWAT team in northern Gwinnett County about 26 hours after he fled a downtown Atlanta courthouse where he had opened fire on Friday, police said. He was being questioned at an undisclosed location.

    "He is currently under arrest, and we're still trying to decipher out the charges," Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington told a news conference.

    Dead are Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court stenographer Julie Brandau, sheriff's deputy Hoyt Teasley and U.S. Customs agent David Wilhelm.

    David Nahmias, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Georgia, said he and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms filed a federal criminal complaint against Nichols on Saturday charging him with possession of a gun by a person under indictment. He said that charge would assure Nichols' detention pending other charges.

    "We are determined that we will bring the murders of these people to justice," Nahmias said.

    Nichols gave himself up without a struggle after a woman tipped police that he had forced his way into her apartment in the early morning, authorities said. The woman, who police said did not know Nichols, escaped unharmed.

    Word of the capture came after Atlanta police disclosed the killing of Wilhelm, a U.S. Customs agent found shot to death at his new home in Atlanta's Buckhead section several miles north of the county courthouse.

    Pennington said Nichols shot Wilhelm, a special agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who had recently moved to Atlanta, and took his blue truck, pistol and badge. The truck was found, but away from the area where Nichols was apprehended.

    But the police chief said Nichols, who was initially thought to have fled the courthouse area in a green Honda Accord he had carjacked after shooting three people at the Fulton County Courthouse on Friday, also assaulted two out-of-towners before he approached Wilhelm.

    Nichols' escape from the courthouse after the 9 a.m. shooting on Friday triggered a massive manhunt, with hundreds of police on the lookout in Georgia and neighboring southeastern states.

    According to police, the suspect grabbed a gun from a sheriff's aide while on the way to court and opened fire in the chambers of Judge Barnes. The judge and the court stenographer were killed on the spot and the sheriff's deputy was fatally shot outside the courthouse.

    Outside the court building on Friday, Nichols also assaulted a journalist and carjacked several vehicles, according to police and witness reports. Pennington said Nichols apparently rode a train north of downtown to the Buckhead area, where the customs agent was shot.

    The deputy who lost her gun was in critical condition but expected to survive, police said.

    Nichols was being retried on rape and other charges involving an ex-girlfriend and faced a possible life sentence if convicted. His first trial ended in a hung jury last week, and prosecutors said Nichols likely believed the second trial would end with a conviction.

    Paul Howard, district attorney for Fulton County, on Saturday said that state charges related to the deaths of the judge, court reporter and sheriff's deputy would be filed.

    "Our hope is that we would charge this defendant within 30 days and start the process of bringing closure to the families in this case," Howard said.
  2. hopeizm

    hopeizm Member

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    you know he's on death row
  3. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,989 Likes Received: 313
    they did catch him the other day, although, of course they dont know the verdict of what is going on. I'm tired of seeing news stores like this one. Not because its not news, but because they put the dumberst, most irrelevent part on the news. This girl was held hostage by him, and they have her repeat, and repeat her story over and over, when he didnt do anything but take a shower and tie her up.